Latest posts by Fairygirl

Fertilize penstemons?

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 08:09

I do the same as doc - it's easy to over complicate everything. FB&B for me too, and I use tomato food as the extra kick for clematis and anything else which flowers a lot.  

Keeping your soil healthy is something that often gets forgotten too. Adding compost and/or well rotted manure when planting anything new, as a top dressing in early spring, or as a mulch going into winter will replenish it, and help everything grow well. It  also helps with moisture retention and weed control. Everyone's a winner 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat 

LP - at least you'll miss the cold weather when you go on your trip...err...well...maybe not....

Hope it goes smoothly and you have a great time. Pack an extra simmit 

We'll probably catch a bit of snow and hail/sleet here too Joyce. We've been lucky though - it's been a very straighforward winter so far. Yesterday was a reminder of the horrible stuff we usually get for weeks on end! 

Wonder if Hosta has his mankini on yet...

Thinking of you today DD. Keep holding our virtual hands and you'll soon be catching stars  x

Salt mine beckons so I'd better get sorted. See you all later 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 22:23

DD - don't be afraid to take something from the doctor. It was the smartest thing I did when my husband walked out, and I'm glad I took my sister's advice and did it. I had two young children to take care of, whose world had also been turned upside down, and it helped me get out of bed and function until I was able to sort myselfout without them.

PM on it's way to you xxx

Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 22:18

At some point you'll need to take them out the pot they're in,  so you'll have to disentangle the roots if they're showing out of the bottom. I'd do that now if it was me, because the roots will only get more tangled. Cutting the pot away is certainly one way of doing it, but it's easier to just remove a plant from a pot when there's less root rather than more. 

Perhaps it's just a question of fortune favouring the bold. For me, if plants need moved - they get moved, even if it means a good haircut  

Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:35

I'm slightly confused. There's no benefit to a plant in putting it inside a bigger pot, while keeping it in the pot it's in, other than if you were concerned about it freezing.

Potting on won't disturb the roots to any great extent. I often pot on after cutting excess roots off the bottom of plants in order to get them out the pot to begin with. I've done it at lots of different times of the year, although a benign, mild spell of weather is always best.

Alliums are pretty tough - if they were mine, I'd get them into bigger pots now and give them a bit more depth. It helps with their stability too. 


Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:18

I think the first thing I'd want to know is, what size is the garden? If my neighbour planted even a small tree like a Rowan, it would cast shade on the entire plot, whereas I could have several without any issue.

Having said that, Amelanchier will suit almost anywhere. A Rowan if you have a garden anything more than around 6 m by 6 m, as it won't remove every scrap of sun you get either. Any plot bigger than around that size - any of the other choices would probably be fine. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:10

I don't really 'get' the need for another chat thread either...

We need 'you boys'  

If only to have a laugh with you on the cat thread Hosta. I thought your subconscious had called you and made you log in! Well, it helps pay for the holiday 

Glad you're enjoying your break. We've had hail and sleet already today, so I hope that makes you feel better 

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:07

Was your radar working subconsciously Hosta?  

Water scarecrows are the only real deterrent. Nothing else works here - and I've tried them ALL  

They're also very satisfying.....

Queensland tulips

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:02

Aye nut - stick to putting those on the washing line....

I'd never heard of them so looked them up. Just a named variety so, as doc says, no specific treatment.

The big blousy varieties are more prone to being spoiled by rough, windy weather, so if you get that kind of weather at the time they're in bloom,  make sure you plant them somewhere they won't be in the firing line!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 08:07

Morning all/ afties Pat if you're about 

Unpleasant Dove.... another quiet day for you then!

chicky - perhaps the mild winter for the viburnum? I used to have one round the corner but I can't remember what it was like. I've just planted a burkwoodii on the boundary here to help with wind filtering. Could have done with it being a bit bigger  last night -very wet and blustery and more to come. I've got too used to this benign weather we've had - forgotten what our normal stuff is like!

Think I've recorded that doc. Emerson was brilliant but totally mad! I watched the Scorsese doc about Dylan. Quite an eye opener. I knew the 'fans' hated him for picking up an electric guitar, but, jeez....

The stupid questions journalists asked him as well. I suppose they're better informed now, or maybe artists are simply much better at dealing with it. Fascinating.

Better go and get ready for the salt mine too. Catch you all later 

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